About Us

Adopting A Friend

    Many of the gentle giants that come into our rescue have been neglected or abused. Others have simply been abandoned by their owners due to a divorce, a new baby, moving, or natural disaster. We are often told that they got “too big” or “too expensive” and many of the dogs below come to us with very little training. Despite their past, rescue dogs are incredibly forgiving and very eager to please. They have so much to give and are all very special. We are looking for forever homes and permanent families who will love their new addition unconditionally and give them the love and support they need and deserve for the rest of their lives.

Adoption Requirements and Guidelines

a. Applicants must have never been convicted of any animal abuse laws.

b. All potential adopters must completely fill out and sign the adoption application and the information must be verified and approved by a BDHPI representative.

c. All applicants who live in a rental property must provide a signed letter of approval from their landlord giving permission to house a giant breed dog.

d. All adopting individuals must be at least 21 years of age.

e. Applicants with children under 5 will be reviewed by executive committee for any special exceptions. We will consider:

  • Giant breed experience
  • Fostering experience
  • Behavioral training experience

*Special Note: All Giant Breeds placed in homes with children under 5 will have a proven track record with children – no unknown history permitted.

f. Applicants must allow a BDHPI representative to bring a giant breed dog into your home to inspect the house and yard and to get to know all family members and other pets as well as educate all household members about giant breeds.

g. Applicants must be willing to keep their giant breed dog indoors, especially in extreme hot or cold temperatures.

h. Applicants must be willing to feed a high quality food and provide proper nutrition to a giant breed dog.

i. All dogs placed by BDHPI will be spayed/neutered, gastropexied (when possible), vaccinated for distemper/parvo, rabies, and bordetella, and heartworm tested. New owners will receive copies of all available vet information and must agree to keep them current on all of the above.

j. All applicants must demonstrate their ability to properly exercise and keep a dog safe when going to the bathroom. All fences must be in good repair. If no fence at residence, applicants must be committed to:

  • i. Leashed walks to go potty
  • ii. Exercise Alternatives:
    • 1. Doggy Daycare
    • 2. 3-4 Walks Per Day
    • 3. Daily trips to local Dog Park

BDHPI does not permit the use of shock or electronic collars, including invisible fence prong collars. The reason for our policy is that invisible fences are not sufficient enough to contain or manage the behavior of giant breed dogs. Most of the breeds we adopt out are guard dogs and will run through a shock, regardless of pain or discomfort, in order to protect their territory. Shock collars can elicit and/or contribute to aggressive behaviors as well. An invisible fence is not 'tangible', and thus can make a guard dog more frustrated, reactive, protective, and even dangerous. Should you adopt from BDHPI, you would be required to leash walk your dog at all times if you do not have a fenced in yard. Once you have attended obedience classes and established a strong recall with distractions, it may be possible to let your dog off leash in the yard WHILE SUPERVISED, but only once you are able to establish yard boundaries and know, without a doubt, that your dog will come when called.


    • i. Gentle Leader Head Collar, Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness, Halte, or Regular Collar
  • k. All adopting individuals must be willing to attend an obedience class with their new addition. No choke chain, prong, or shock collars will be permitted for training purposes. Approved alternatives include:

    l. In the event an adoption does not work out, applicants must agree to return the dog to BDHPI rather than rehoming the dog themselves.


Who We Are

We want to share with you our vision on how to address the urgent and growing need for a responsible, long term, and self sustaining Giant Breed Rescue in today’s society.

Big Dogs Huge Paws was founded on the core philosophy is that every "BIG" dog deserves a chance. Our goal is to make sure that every dog receives only the best of care, food, and training. We will also ensure that they are properly evaluated (medically and behaviorally) and placed according to their special needs. Our medical officers will provide first aid training to all foster volunteers and health seminars about the latest developments in animal medicine. We work actively with behaviorists who train each foster home how to handle introductions, properly evaluate dogs, work through specific behavioral issues, etc. Foster families undergo quarterly training sessions in order to maintain everyone's skills and abilities and ensure that the entire foster team is on the same page and has the tools they need for success. We will be working toward a special therapy dog training program as we identify dogs that would be good candidates. Eventually, our goal is to secure an actual facility where we can work with special behavioral or medical cases to give them the optimal chance of success!

The dogs we have chosen to focus our rescue efforts on include, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Mastiffs (All Types), Irish Wolfhounds, and Scottish Deerhounds. There is a huge need due to the fact that most of these breeds do not have any legitimate rescue options and there are always more dogs in need than any one organization can help.

We will be taking a unique approach to public awareness and reaching outside of the box in our efforts. Community outreach and public relations are extremely important to Big Dogs Huge Paws. We believe that through being proactive and serving as a resource to the public as well as working together with the rest of the rescue community, we can decrease the number of dogs needing rescue in the first place and ensure that no gentle giant in need is forgotten or left behind.

We are hard at work setting up an on-line store for all pet owners across the country! It will be a place that anyone can go to purchase everything they need such as feeders, beds, collars, gentle leaders, leashes, pet grass, cleaning supplies, grooming supplies, dog food, etc. 100% of proceeds will go straight to the rescue to help the giant breeds in need. We feel there will be tremendous support for the store from customers due to the knowledge all profits will be going to charity. We anticipate the store growing quickly and our goal is to eventually have freestanding stores as well, so stayed tuned!

We have created and are utilizing a forum environment as part our website to make communication more efficient as well as provide a very complete and useful resource for volunteers and the general public to access information on all aspects of the rescue. Volunteers will have a private area of the forum they can access and post in for internal rescue communications as well as a Foster Blog.

We have done a lot of research by talking with different local and national rescues and studying their organizational strengths and weaknesses. We have coupled that with our own first hand rescue experience and have decided the best way to protect the new rescue from the vulnerabilities and political issues that so many rescues suffer from is to build the management structure more like a true business.

Our leadership team consists of an upper tier of corporate officers, including a CEO/Chief Executive Officer, COO/Chief Operating Officer, and CMO/Chief Medical Officer. Then there is a Senior Management Team including Accounting Director, Operations Director, Retail Director, Information's Technology Director, Fundraising Director, Human Resource Director, Marketing Director, Media Director, Community Outreach Director, and Foster Director. Each member of our team is appointed by the officers based on their skills and abilities - rather than voted into office due to their popularity or the lack of other qualified candidates willing to run. Our primary goal with the organizational structure is to build a cohesive and respectful team of professionals who we can trust to "oversee" the daily operations and put together teams of volunteers to carry out the actual day to day activities. This strategy not only gets more volunteers involved, but removes the tremendous burden directors often experience in non-profit organizations. The directors "delegate" responsibilities which enables them to truly make a difference and not get bogged down with doing everything themselves. Our goal was to create a very positive and efficient working environment based on trust and merit to enable change and progress as we grow!

Big Dogs Huge Paws was officially incorporated as "Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc" on June 11, 2008. Our EIN number is: 26-2780979. We are a 501c3 PENDING non-profit organization.

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Big Dogs - Huge Paws Rescue | 303-322-4336 | Fax 303-474-5861

PO Box 24230, Denver, CO 80224 | WeCare@bigdogshugepaws.com

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